Mighty Mini Meatloaves

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Jeni Pearce's Mighty Mini Meatloaves

These tasty mini meatloaves are sure to be popular with your grandchildren and they would enjoy helping you to make them.

Jeni Pearces Mighty Mini Meatloaves1
Jeni Pearce’s Mighty Mini Meatloaves

Mighty Mini Meatloaves

By Jeni Pearce

Adapted from my grandmother’s meatloaf recipe this has become a popular dish with many of the athletes I work with. It’s so flexible – they can use the vegetables they already have, and even better, it is easy to prepare.

Meatloaves can be cooked in Texas muffin tins or larger individual loaf tins and can be individually wrapped and frozen for another meal. For added flavour, cook the onion in a little olive oil until soft and leave to cool before adding to the minced beef. Make sure you season well for tasty meatloaves. Meatloaves can be served hot or cold

Prep time 15 minutes Cook time 20-25 minutes Makes 6

  • 400g minced beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 1 cup chopped vegetables, such as mushrooms, celery stalks or use a few frozen peas and corn
  • 1 tablespoon roughly chopped parsley leaves
  • ½ cup rolled oats or fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 ½ tablespoons tomato or plum sauce, plus extra for serving
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • salt and pepper
  • small bay leaves and/or sprigs of thyme, optional

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease and line 6 small loaf tins (about 10cm x 6cm x 3cm), with baking paper.

Place the minced beef, onion, carrot, chopped vegetables, parsley, rolled oats or breadcrumbs, tomato or plum sauce and eggs in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper and using very clean hands, mix well.

Divide the mixture into 6 and shape into a loaf shape, placing in the prepared tins as you go. Lightly press a bay leaf or sprig of thyme on each, if using.

Place in the oven and cook for 20-25minutes. Test with a skewer, the meat juices should run clear.

Remove from the oven and leave to stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Serve with extra tomato or plum sauce and steamed winter vegetables. Baked or mashed potatoes, kumara or pumpkin are great here too.

This recipe comes from Cosy, the first electronic cookbook created by Food Writers New Zealand. Inside are 40 tasty family-friendly recipes to enjoy this winter created by many of New Zealand’s best food writers, All the profits from this book are going towards the running costs of Meat the Need, a new national charity. Its goal is to supply much needed meat, donated by farmers, to City Missions and Food Banks throughout New Zealand.

I think Cosy is a real gem of a cookbook and it feels good that by downloading a copy you are not only getting some great recipes but are giving a helping hand to the many families who are struggling to put food on the table right now.

CosyTo download your copy of Cosy for $10 go to Food Writers

Reviews by Lyn Potter

Parent and grandparent, Avid traveler, writer & passionate home cook

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